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Jan 5, 2012 4:00am PST
and young adults. >> what are you studying? >> i'm a math major. >> reporter: when carolyn hale counsels young people at vanderbilt cancer hospital with cancer, she speaks from experience. ten years ago at age 13, hale complained of back pain. doctors said it was from her backpack but she had nonhodgkin's lymphoma on her spine. >> they hit you with so much poisonous drugs and chemotherapy you can't help but feel lifeless. >> reporter: she is part of an unknown group on the war on cancer. adolescents and young aat all times account for 72,000 new cancers every year. seven times more pediatric cancers and unlike other groups their mortality rates have not improved. >> our peers are suffering because there has not been medical advances that have trickled down to our age group. >> reporter: after surviving brain cancer at age 21, matthew zachary founded an organization called stupid cancer. >> young people don't cancer that is usually screened. they get hodgkin's, sarcoma and and not likely easily detectable. they go to the doctor and say screen me for hodgkin's. >> reporter: survivorship at
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